Recently I had the opportunity to tour the Hertog Jan brewery and taste different vintages of their Grand Prestige, including the new barrel aged version. Here is a short recap of that wonderful day with a behind-the-scenes look at the brewery.
There are so many beer podcasts out there; it’s pretty tough choosing one in the cornucopia of beer banter and opinions on beers and breweries. Here are my favorite ones on beer science, beer reviews and behind-the-scenes interviews with beer industry professionals.
010 Beer Blog is back from summer break with a behind-the-scenes look in Café Verward, a unique beer hot spot in Rotterdam. For beer fans who love off the beaten path adventures.
The adventure continues! In March I started Stibon level 2 in Amsterdam. Here is a short account of our brewing experience at Brouwerij Klein Duimpje.
You most likely know France as a wine country, but did you know that they have more than 1200 breweries in France? Here are 5 fun facts about French beer.
One of Europe’s biggest (and perhaps best?) craft beer festivals, the Mikkeller Beer Celebration has long been on my wish list. This year I finally got the chance to check it out! The festival is absolutely deserving of its reputation, but Copenhagen itself is also a delightful city, so if you decide to visit, don’t miss out on all the other wonderful things it has to offer.
Located under an old train track in the new hotspot “De Hofbogen”, Eurotrash United is a unique combination of craft beer bar, live music venue, and exotic Surinamese and Caribbean cuisine all in your favorite vintage living room. Two weeks ago on a very warm spring day I had the chance to talk with René Stoop, the floor manager, and learned all about how he came to work for Eurotrash, the story behind the eccentric beer labels and how art fueled the Eurotrash concept.
Fish bladders in beer? Isn’t beer typically made from barley malt, water, hops and yeast? Not always! Read on for tips to find out if your beer is veggie or vegan!
Craft beer – meaning trendy and bold flavored ale – is on the rise. Sales are up and microbreweries are thriving. Does this mean the end of lager? For those of us who still like easy going beers, you can rest assured. The craft beer revolution isn’t only about overhopped IPAs and experimental stouts. Craft brewers are now jumping into lagers, too.
One of the things I love most about Rotterdam is its innovative spirit and how it embraces new developments and sustainable solutions. Uit Je Eigen Stad, which literally translates as ‘From Your Own City’ is one of those great initiatives, an urban farm that grows its own produce to serve in their restaurant. What better place to have Rotterdam’s first beer festival this February, featuring only local beers?
Brewers have started making a switch to cans and there is no stopping them. Are beer cans the future? According to the latest 2017 figures of consumer research firm Nielsen, cans now make up a quarter of the beers sold in the UK. There are, however, still several arguments against using cans. Here are some pros and cons regarding beer canning. I’ll let you be the judge!
New Year’s Eve is traditionally the night for bubbly. Not a champagne lover? Here are a few ideas how to have a festive NYE with beer.
Review of Borg Brugghús tap takeover beers in Rotterdam.
Who doesn’t love fresh beer from the tap? The tap takeover is a great way to explore new beers, brewers and craft beer bars! Read more here about this new trend.
The story of two ambitious Brazilian beerpreneurs in Rotterdam. Eager, ambitious and full of inspiration, they have a compelling story. I made the bold move of inviting them to be my first interview for the blog. We spent a couple of hours talking about their business, their grand plans and of course trying out a few beers. Read more here for the full behind-the-scenes story!
It’s time to set the record straight once and for all. If you’ve been using the word ‘hoppy’ to describe your beer, you’ve probably been using it wrong. So what does hoppy really mean?
The haze craze has hit Holland. If you are a beer fan, it can’t have gone unnoticed: the New England IPA. It’s popping up in bars everywhere. But isn’t IPA already a beer style?
In Rotterdam we only boast a handful of beer stores, but the quality is excellent! Here are my go-to stores when I go beer shopping.
Do you know how many brewers there are in Rotterdam? Until recently I thought I knew. At least six. Most people I asked can name three or four. Then I did a little research. I counted fifteen! Here is an overview of craft breweries in Rotterdam.
If you live in Rotterdam or occasionally visit, you most likely will know the glass dome of Tropicana on the Maasboulevard. Formerly a tropical swimming pool, it has stood abandoned for many years. What you may not know is that it is back in use since 2016 and is thriving as a circular economy experiment called BlueCity. There are over 30 social entrepreneurs active within BlueCity, one of which is the brewery Vet & Lazy.